JA Happ pitched into the seventh inning Wednesday night, earning deserved praise from everyone for his poise and his stuff. But now Happ will have to find praise back in Allentown â€” Happ was optioned to AAA Lehigh Valley today.
Happ was 0-0 with a 3.27 ERA in 11 innings â€” two starts. In his place comes Mike Cervenak, an infielder who is hitting .310 with 7 HR and 52 RBI this season with the IronPigs.
But don’t worry, guys. It’s more than likely Happ was sent back down to get a couple starts in. According to Charlie Manuel, Happ wouldn’t get another turn until July 22 or 23. It’s probably better that Happ gets some work in and not sit on the bullpen pine. Cervenak provides a nice change of pace for the offense, but why not bring up a reliever to help the ailing bullpen for the final three games?
By the way, you can still give Happ a nickname here.